Sunday, September 4, 2016

September 2016

September 2016

September 5, 2016

Labor Day

The NYC Central Labor Union began Labor Day 

in 1882 to honor the worker.  It became a national holiday in 1894.  

Always celebrated on the first Monday of September,  

Labor Day marks the official end of summer and signals

the start of a new school year for many children.

Labor Day Weekend is often a day of picnics and family reunions,

as it was for my family when I was a child.

The two little girls in the mosaic are my sister and I 

in the 1950s at the yearly Labor Day Weekend reunion held on

the dairy farm that had belonged to our grandparents.

Detail of Book and Author Luncheon Wall Quilt by Pat Clark

September 8

International Literacy Day

Begun in 1965 by UNESCO, this day is meant to

"highlight the importance of literacy

 to individuals, communities, and societies."

September 11

9/11 Remembrance Day

The oak tree above, was just a seedling of six inches

when it was planted by the Walsh family in my neighborhood. 

in 2001 as a tribute to honor and mourn those lost on the

horrific morning of September 11, 2001.

This special tree continues to grow and stand

 tall some fifteen years later.

I often pass this tree several times a day, 

and without exception it sparks the memory of

how Americans across our country came together in grief and

patriotism in the days and months following that tragic day.

September 13

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day was officially declared by Congress in 1989.

The date was selected because 

"Uncle Sam Wilson" was born on this date

You can read more about Uncle Sam Wilson and

my collection of Uncle Sam folk art here.

September 22

Autumn Equinox

This date signals the beginning of autumn when

daylight hours begin to diminish and cooler temperatures arrive.

A favorite time of year for me, I enjoy the russet colors,

dining alfresco, pumpkins, and the nip in the air.

September 26

Round Top Antiques Fair 

It's fall and that means it's time to head to Round Top, Texas

for one of my favorite antique shopping venues.

Though I tend to shop the two venues above,

there are thousands of dealers who come from across the country

and set up in buildings and tents along the roadsides in this

area of Texas, all here to offer a marathon shopping experience.